Central View: Washington versus USA, it’s them versus us
August 20, 2013
American Enterprise Institute scholar, Dr. Charles Murray, says the Washington, D.C. area encompasses 13 zip codes. Eleven of those zip codes are packed with the wealthiest people in America, the people who control our government. Dr. Murray calls them America's new upper class:
"The members of America's new upper class tend not to watch the same movies and television shows that the rest of America watches, don't go to the kinds of restaurants the rest of America frequents, tend to buy different kinds of automobiles, and have passions for being green, maintaining the proper degree of body fat, and supporting gay marriage that most Americans don't share. Their child-raising practices are distinctive, and they typically take care to enroll their children in schools dominated by the offspring of the upper middle class—or, better yet, of the new upper class. They take their vacations in different kinds of places than other Americans go and are often indifferent to the professional sports that are so popular among other Americans. Few have served in the military and few of their children either.
"Worst of all, a growing proportion of the people who run the institutions of our country have never known any other culture. They are the children of upper-middle-class parents, have always lived in upper-middle-class neighborhoods and gone to upper-middle-class schools. Many have never worked at a job that caused a body part to hurt at the end of the day, never had a conversation with an evangelical Christian, never seen a factory floor, never had a friend who didn't have a college degree, never hunted or fished. They are likely to know that Garrison Keillor's monologue on Prairie Home Companion is the source of the phrase, 'all of the children are above average,' but they have never walked on a prairie and never known someone well whose IQ actually was below average."
Inside the new upper class are the bureaucrats who wrote ObamaCare. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted she never read ObamaCare before its passage. But, after the industrial unions, trade unions, teachers' unions, religious institutions, medical doctors and nurses, and business owners, and even the IRS agents read ObamaCare, all of them asked to be exempted from its provisions. Now Congress and its staff, who currently enjoy the Federal Employees Health Benefit plan (FEHB) — arguably, the world's finest health insurance — are balking at losing FEHB and being put under ObamaCare. So, Congress struck a deal with President Obama to get him to order the Office of Personnel Management to say it is legal for the American taxpayers to pay 75 percent of what it will cost for Congress and its staff to participate in ObamaCare. Recall, not a single GOP member of Congress voted for ObamaCare. But now, Washington's Republicans and Democrats alike are beholden to President Obama for easing the pain of going from FEHB — the world's best health insurance plan — to ObamaCare, which is shaping up to be one of the world's worst. Washington takes care of its own. Now, more than ever, it is them versus us.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.